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Te Kupu o te Wiki – 2018/19

In celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week), we are again bringing you Te Kupu o te Wiki … not just for a week: for a whole year! The theme for this year is Kia kaha te reo Māori.

Kia kaha te reo Māori

Let’s make the Māori language strong!

Here are some things to do:

  1. Register for Kupu o te Rā and you will also receive Te Kupu o te Wiki every Monday.
  2. Tell your friends and your workplace they can sign up here too!
  3. Want to plan ahead or practise to impress your friends? See below for the first set of kupu together with the sound files (MP3s).

Kupu
ako(na)learn, teach
whakarongolisten
waiata(tia)to sing, song
pānui(tia)read
tuhi(a)draw, write
mōhio(tia)know
kōrero(tia)talk/speak
ki tōku nei mōhioto my knowledge
pātai(tia)question, to ask a question
whakamārama(tia)to explain
whai (whāia)to follow, to chase, to pursue
mahi(a)to do, work, make
maumahara(tia)remember
titiro (tirohia)look
manaaki(tia)look after, care for, show respect or kindess to
huito gather, assemble, a meeting
tikangacustom
kawaprotocol
māramato understand
whiwhito receive, to be awarded
rongo (rangona)hear, smell, taste
kite(a)see, find
wāhangapart, portion, section/ chapter, episode
iwitribe, people (at a gathering)
tuakanaelder sibling (of the same sex)
teinayounger sibling (of the same sex)
wānangaplace of learning
kuraschool
tika(ina)to be right, correct, straight, in order
mātaurangaeducation
Whāia te iti kahurangi!Strive for something of great value!
Mō taku hē!I'm sorry! My bad!
pōwhiri(tia) / pōhiri(tia)to welcome, a welcoming ceremony
inu(mia)to drink
ngerucat
whiri(a)braid
Kua pau te hau!I’m exhausted!
Tūwhitia te hopo, mairangatia te angitū!Feel the fear and do it anyway!
Namunamuā!Yummy!
He kanohi kitea, ka hoki ngā mahara.A familiar face stirs the memory.
Kāore he painga i a koe mō te whakakatakata!No one beats you at being funny!
Kei tua o Tāwauwau ia.He/she is off with the fairies.
mauri taurelax / chill / calm / without panic
Kua pau te wā. Kei a au te wā.Time is up. My turn.

More kupu coming soon…


Also see resources available at tewikiotereomaori.co.nz.

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